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Sachin Tendulkar Won’t Be A Part Of Upcoming Legends League Cricket (LLC) Starting On January 20

Sachin Tendulkar, former legendary Indian batsman is not a part of the upcoming Legends League Cricket (LLC) as confirmed by SRT Sports Management Private Limited on Saturday. The LLC is a professional cricket league meant for retired players, and it has recently announced its Indian squad for the league.

A promotional video featuring actor Amitabh Bachchan shows that Sachin Tendulkar is also going to be a part of the league, which the official spokesperson of SRT Sports rejected.

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sachin Tendulkar Won’t Play In Legends League Cricket 2022; He Led India Legends To Victory In The Inaugural Road Safety World Series

Starting January 20, the LLC will feature three star-packed teams which will lock horns with each other. Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed that he won’t be part of the upcoming legend’s league cricket which will kickstart on Jan 20 in Oman. Shortly after Sachin Tendulkar’s clarification, Amitabh Bachchan posted an apology for the previous tweet and posted a corrected promotional clip for the event.

Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)

“The news about @sachin_rt’s participation in ‘Legends League Cricket’ is not true. The organizers should refrain from misleading cricket fans and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan,” said the official spokesperson of SRT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd.

Sachin Tendulkar had led India Legends to victory at the inaugural Road Safety World Series 2020-21. India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends in the final of the tournament to lift the inaugural title.

Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, and Irfan Pathan also tested positive for COVID after playing in the tournament for India Legends besides Sachin Tendulkar who was the first person to test Covid positive. The Master Blaster led the eventual winner-India Legends and ended as the side’s leading run-getter with 233 runs.

India Maharajas Team To Consist Of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, And Harbhajan Singh Among Others

The Indian team will be represented by the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and the Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf. The team will be called The India Maharajas which will see them compete against some other star players from other nations.

LLC had earlier announced the Asia team as ‘Asia Lions’ which comprises mostly former Pakistani and Sri Lankan players including Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood, Upul Tharanga, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez,  Mohammed Yousuf, Umar Gul and Asghar Afghan.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Source: Twitter)
Shoaib Akhtar, Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Source: Twitter)

Regarding the World Giants team, from South Africa, the trio of Jonty Rhodes, Herschelle Gibbs, and Morne Morkel is set to feature in the tournament, much to the excitement of all fans. Interestingly, the World Giants team will have two of the most explosive batsmen who have ever graced the game of cricket in form of Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen. While Brett Lee is set to lead the pace attack, the side will also have two world-class left-arm spinners – Monty Panesar and Daniel Vettori.

All the matches of the tournament will take place at Muscat’s Al Amerat Cricket Stadium. The venue had also hosted six games in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup. The tournament will take place from January 20 to January 29.

India Maharajas

Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Naman Ojha, Manpreet Gony, Hemang Badani, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sanjay Bangar, Nayan Mongia, and Amit Bhandari.

Asia Lions

Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kamran Akmal, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood, Upul Tharanga, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Yousuf, and Umar Gul, Asghar Afghan.

World Giants

Jonty Rhodes, Chris Gayle, Herschelle Gibbs, Brett Lee, Morne Morkel, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Daniel Vettori (few names yet to be revealed).

USA and Ireland played 2-match T20I

Cricket Ireland And Hosts USA Cancelled The ODI Series After 2 Members Of Ireland Tested Covid-19 Positive

Ireland and hosts United States agreed to cancel the one-day international (ODI) series between the two sides after two members of the touring staff tested positive for Covid-19, the two boards announced on Tuesday.

The two teams had played a Twenty20 series which ended 1-1 while the ODI series in Florida was interrupted by coronavirus cases first detected amongst the USA squad and umpires.

Ireland vs USA ODI series cancelled due to Covid-19 cases (@usacricket Photo)
Ireland vs USA ODI series canceled due to Covid-19 cases (@usacricket Photo)

Ireland And Hosts USA Agree To Cancel

The ODI leg of the white-ball cricket series between the United States and Ireland was canceled because of coronavirus-related concerns.

“While all players in both current playing squads have returned negative Covid results overnight, two members of the Irish support staff have tested positive, as well as several partners of players, resulting in two of the Irish players being deemed as ‘close contacts’,” the two boards said in a statement.

Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

“As such the risks and concerns about further spread have meant that both Boards have regrettably agreed to cancel the remaining two scheduled matches.”

The first game of the three-match series had already been cancelled, and the second one-day international was put back a day after Covid-19 cases were detected among the umpiring team and members of the USA squad. The second and third games were due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ireland Scheduled To Tour Caribbean To Face West Indies In 3 ODIs And 1 T20I In January 2022

The visit of Ireland was the first time the United States had hosted an International Cricket Council (ICC) full member nation. Ireland is scheduled to tour the Caribbean to face the West Indies in three ODIs and one T20I in January. They will fly to Kingston, Jamaica on Friday but the two members who tested positive will complete their isolation in Florida

“From a broader perspective, consideration had to be given to the current series as well as the second leg of our tour,” Cricket Ireland’s high performance director Richard Holdsworth said.

Gajanand Singh flicks one of his five sixes over backward square leg Peter Della Penna
Gajanand Singh flicks one of his five sixes over backward square leg Peter Della Penna

“We need to be mindful of travel requirements for entering Jamaica and meeting Cricket West Indies Covid protocols.” 

The only T20I match between Ireland and West Indies could be the farewell match for Chris Gayle. The legendary West Indies player wished to play his final international game in front of his home crowd at Kingston, Jamaica.

In the 1st T20I, Gajanand Singh and Sushant Modani’s 110-run partnership was the gift that kept on giving to the small but vocal crowd that chanted for the home side throughout a remarkable 26-run win over Ireland.

On a day that was historic from the start with the USA hosting a Test nation in a bilateral series for the first time, the home team decided to put an exclamation point in the history books by marking the occasion with their first-ever T20I win over a Full Member.

It went down to the final over, but Ireland managed to just about avoid another defeat in their rematch with the USA in Florida, Lorcan Tucker‘s charmed 84 making the difference in a nine-run win on Thursday night at Broward County Stadium, as the series ended 1-1.

1st T20I:- United States of America 188 for 6 (Gajanand 65, Modani 50, McCarthy 4-30) beat Ireland 162 for 6 (Tucker 57*, Netravalkar 2-26, Patel 2-27) by 26 runs

2nd T20I:- Ireland 150 (Tucker 84, Netravalkar 3-33, Vaghela 2-16) beat USA 141 for 7 (Modani 27, Campher 4-25) by nine runs

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul Becomes 2nd Indian Opener After Wasim Jaffer To Score A Test Ton In South Africa

KL Rahul on Sunday scripted a massive feat during the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the Centurion as he notched up his seventh Test century.  KL Rahul became only the second Indian opener to score a century in a Test in South Africa after Wasim Jaffer had amassed 116 in the 2007 series in Cape Town.

He also joined Australia’s David Warner and West Indies great Chris Gayle to become the third visiting opener in Test cricket to score a century at the Centurion and 54th touring batsman to reach the three-figure mark in a Test in South Africa.

KL Rahul after his century in Centurion. Photo- AFP
KL Rahul after his century in Centurion. Photo- AFP

KL Rahul Joined Sachin Tendulkar And Virat Kohli To Become 3rd Indian Batsman To Score A Ton In South Africa’s Citadel

KL Rahul now has a century in all the countries he has played in – two in England and one each in Australia, India, Sri Lanka. West Indies and now South Africa. KL Rahul also joined two Indian batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and present Indian Test captain Virat Kohli in an elite list to become the third batsman from his country to score a century in South Africa’s citadel, and 11th overall.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]

India made a perfect start to the opening Test at the SuperSport park with the opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scoring a 117-run stand. With the partnership, India ended their 11-year wait as the pair become the third opening combination to achieve the feat in a Test in South Africa. En route to the feat, Mayank Agarwal had scored his sixth half-century before a dubious DRS review ended his stay at the crease for 60 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara Fell For A Rare Golden Duck But Ajinkya Rahane Scores Unbeaten 40 On Day 1

India then lost Cheteshwar Pujara for a rare golden duck before the fourth-wicket stand between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli revived India once again with an 82-run stand where the 33-year-old Indian skipper scored 35 before falling to Lungi Ngidi as his century drought continued in international cricket. India is chasing their maiden Test series win in South Africa. In their previous seven visits to the Rainbow Nation, India lost six times while one ended in a draw.

Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Image Source : GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Image Source: GETTY IMAGE

The visitors will begin Day 2 at 272 for three with KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. Skipper Virat Kohli (35 off 94) fell to a loose shot after doing all the hard work while under-pressure Cheteshwar Pujara lasted only one ball. But the start to Day 2 of the ongoing 1st Test was delayed because of incessant rain.

KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 122 off 248 balls as India ended Day 1 in a strong position. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (60) got India off to an excellent start, adding 117 for the opening wicket after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first.

Mayank Agarwal fell to Lungi Ngidi for a well-made 60 runs which included 8 fours to his name. Cheteshwar Pujara followed shortly for a golden duck. KL Rahul completed his century in 218 balls and at the end of the first day, remained unbeaten on 122 runs in 248 balls with 17 fours and 1 six to his name.

Apart from the century opening stand, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli (35) featured in an 82-run partnership for the third wicket, while Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane (40*) added an unbeaten 73 by stumps at the end of Day 1’s play.

South African Pacer Duanne Olivier was forced out of the Centurion Test against India because of the lingering effects of Covid-19, which he tested positive for a few weeks ago, and a hamstring niggle.

Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

Eoin Morgan Feels Eye Catching T10 Format Can Be Played In Olympics

Eoin Morgan feels the Olympics is a huge opportunity to grow the game of cricket by including the T10 format in the showpiece event.

England skipper Eoin Morgan came out in support of the T10 format being included in the Olympic Games as the 10-over game is a sort of “eye-catching entertainment” and is fan-friendly too.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan–Instagram

Eoin Morgan Is A Huge Fan Of T10 And Wants The Format To Be Included In The  Olympics

In addition to numerous modern-day tried and tested white-ball players, namely Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Faf du Plessis, T10 League 2021 comprises four retired Indian cricketers in Yusuf Pathan, Munaf Patel, Abhimanyu Mithun and Yo Mahesh (157 domestic matches across formats).

“I am not actually quite sure because I am always trying to bring in new ideas and grow the game even bigger. The Olympics is a huge opportunity to do that. Ever since I have played T10, it’s sort of eye-catching entertainment because I am a huge fan,” said Morgan on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi T10 League where he is playing for Delhi Bulls.

“All my family and friends watch the game and they go out and come back and watch another game. It’s very fan-friendly and if you are looking to sell our game to people who haven’t watched cricket before, I think it’s a really flexible way to do that.”

Eoin Morgan along with Delhi Bulls teammates in action (Image: Abu Dhabi T10)
Eoin Morgan along with Delhi Bulls teammates in action (Image: Abu Dhabi T10)

“Introduce them to watch different formats and I haven’t found a better way than T10 for a format to play in the Olympics,” he added.

Delhi Bulls have won all their three games in the ongoing T10 League, and Eoin Morgan feels the team can go on to win the title this year.

“We have a strong team and missing Jason Roy obviously hurts us. We have plenty of talent and are looking forward to it,” said Morgan.

Earlier this year, the ICC had confirmed that it will bid for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

Eoin Morgan: Dwayne Bravo Will Be Key To Delhi Bull’s Success

The England skipper, who is playing under the leadership of T20 legend Dwayne Bravo, feels the former West Indies all-rounder will be a key player if Delhi Bulls win the Abu Dhabi T10 League.

“I think it will be huge, Bravo is one of the most experienced T20 cricketers in the world if not the most, you think how long he has been around and how many games he has played,” said Morgan.

 Eoin Morgan feels that the T10 format can be played in Olympics| Courtesy -Twitter
Eoin Morgan feels that the T10 format can be played in the Olympics| Courtesy -Twitter

“The biggest factor that he is a winner and won competitions around the world and won the T20 World Cup as well, so he is going to be essential and hopefully achieving success,” he signed off. 

Eoin Morgan believes that the T10 format of cricket is an eye-catching entertainment, and it can be played in the Olympics. Morgan, who is currently plying his trade for Delhi Bulls in T10 League 2021-22, lauded Dwayne Bravo and feels that the veteran all-rounder can lead the team to a title win.

The Abu Dhabi T10 cricket league is a 10-over format game, and six teams, namely Deccan Gladiators, Chennai Braves, Team Abu Dhabi, Bangla Tigers, Northern Warriors, and Delhi Bulls, are competing with each other in the tournament. The 2021-22 edition, which started on November 19, will take place for 15 days, and the summit clash will be held on December 4.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir Photograph: K.M. Chaudary/AP

Mohammad Amir Pulls Out Of Abu Dhabi T10 League After Being Affected By Covid-19

Mohammad Amir, former Pakistan pacer, has pulled out of the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League, which is scheduled to begin on November 19. He confirmed the development through a social media post on Thursday, stating that he has been affected by Covid-19.

The 2021 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will commence on 19th November 2021. On the opening day of the tournament, 2 matches will be played. While the Northern Warriors will take on the Delhi Bulls in the first rubber, Team Abu Dhabi will clash with the Bangla Tigers in the second match.

Mohammad Amir | AFP
Mohammad Amir | AFP

Mohammad Amir Was A Part Of The Franchise Bangla Tigers In The Abu Dhabi T10 League, But He Withdrew At The Last Minute

Mohammad Amir added that he is fine now, but the left-arm pacer also said that he needs the prayers of the people for his recovery. Mohammad Amir, who announced his retirement in 2019, was a party of the franchise Bangla Tigers that also features the likes of Faf du Plessis, James Faulkner, Andre Fletcher, and Hazratullah Zazai.

After Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis stepped down from their posts on Monday, Mohammad Amir decided to make himself available for his country once again.

Australia's James Faulkner (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)
Australia’s James Faulkner (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Mohammad Amir on Thursday took Twitter and wrote, “hi everyone just wanted to say m I am not playing T10 league this year because I got affected with the covid but now I am fine ALHUMDULILLAH just need prayers for the speedy recovery.”


The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The shortest format of the game is hosted by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and is the only T10 tournament in the world sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Northern Warriors Are The Defending Champions Of Abu Dhabi T10 League And Won It Most Times- Twice

Over the years, some of the finest players, mostly retired from int’l cricket from across the globe, have participated in the tournament. Abu Dhabi T10 League has continued its tradition to draft some of the big names into the competition this year. The list of superstars to feature in UAE’s domestic T10 cricket league include the likes of India’s Yusuf Pathan, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle, among others.

While speaking to the media, Mohammad Amir said that his reports came positive on November 8, after which he had confined himself in a room for quarantine. While stating his plans, he said that he will move to Karachi from Lahore on November 20 and from there to Dubai on November 21.

Yusuf Pathan scored 2 ODI centuries for India. (File Photo/BCCI)
Yusuf Pathan scored 2 ODI centuries for India. (File Photo/BCCI)

TV Broadcast and Live Streaming Details

Colors Cineplex SD (Hindi), Colors Cineplex HD (English), Rishtey Cineplex (Hindi) will broadcast the matches live. They will be live-streamed on Voot and Jio TV. The final will be played on December 4. There have been 4 editions of the tournament held so far. The Northern Warriors have won the Abu Dhabi T10 League twice, while Kerala Kings and Maratha Arabians emerged as the champions once each.

The Northern Warriors are currently the defending champions of the tournament Abu Dhabi T10 League. In the previous edition of the competition, the Northern Warriors downed the Delhi Bulls in the final to win the summit clash with 8 wickets in hand. The Delhi Bulls posted a total of 81/9 on the board, and the Northern Warriors chased down the target with 10 balls remaining.

The left arm-pacer Mohammad Amir has represented Pakistan in 36 Test matches, 61 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. He has also played for Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings. In addition, he has recently played for Barbados Royals during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.

Sarah Taylor [Photo: The Cricketer]
Sarah Taylor [Photo: The Cricketer]

There’re A Lot Of Female Coaches Who’d Have Been Very Good For the Men’s Cricket: Sarah Taylor After Being Roped In For T10 League

Sarah Taylor, the former England wicketkeeper-batswoman, who is a legend of the sport and a true trailblazer in her own right, has been roped in by Team Abu Dhabi for the T10 league 2021. She will work alongside head coach Paul Farbrace alongside South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener.

The game of cricket has always been acknowledged as a sport predominantly played by gentlemen-male cricketers. However, even though men have made major contributions to this sport ever since it came into existence, women’s cricket has always been at par with the men’s game, even ahead at times.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor Thinks Being A Woman Coach In Men’s Franchise Cricket Is An Interesting One, But There Are A Lot Of Women Coaches In England

In fact, the very first Cricket World Cup played in 1973 was played exclusively by women, as opposed to the popular belief that the first World Cup was in 1975, which was won by Clive Llyod’s West Indies. Also, not many know that the first double centurion in ODI cricket was not Sachin Tendulkar, but it was, in fact, Belinda Clack of Australia, who scored a mammoth 229 in 1997, 13 years before Sachin Tendulkar reached the milestone for the first time.

In a 1997 ICC Women’s World Cup game in Mumbai, 13 years before Sachin Tendulkar became the first male to score a double ton in a 50-over game, captain Belinda Clark smashed an unbeaten 229 off just 155 balls to propel Australia to a mammoth 412 for 3 against Denmark.

Taking another step forward, the world will soon witness a female cricketer in a coach’s role in men’s franchise cricket. Former England wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor, a legend of the sport and a true trailblazer in her own right, has been roped in by Team Abu Dhabi for the T10 league 2021.

Belinda Clark smashed an unbeaten 229 off just 155 balls to propel Australia to a mammoth total of 412 for three against Denmark © Getty Images
Belinda Clark smashed an unbeaten 229 off just 155 balls to propel Australia to a mammoth total of 412 for 3 against Denmark © Getty Images.

Until last year it was just Universe Boss Chris Gayle who was the main attraction of the team. However, this season, it’s Sarah Taylor who would make a major difference.

“I think it’s an interesting one [having a woman coach in men’s franchise cricket]. There are very good women coaches out there. I don’t think if they have aspirations to go into men’s cricket, I have no idea.”

“I don’t know whether me being with Sussex is kind of people have looked to – ‘Okay! ‘She just wants to be in men’s game’ – I have no idea. But I agree, there are a lot of female coaches who would have been very good for the men’s game. But as I said, we have got Julie (Price), myself and there will be plenty more,” Sarah said during a media interaction facilitated by T10 League.

Sarah Taylor has been associated with the English county team Sussex as a coach, and it’s going to be a huge milestone when she will share her inputs with some renowned male players of the game. While the outside world is calling this development ‘path breaking’, the former English cricketer believes it’s just the beginning. She already has the experience, having been the first female specialist coach at Men’s county cricket level when she joined Sussex.

Sarah Taylor Opens Up On Meeting Chris Gayle And Being A RCB Fan

Being a coach, it’s important to analyze each and every player on the team, especially when you have someone like Chris Gayle on your side; it’s a surreal experience. Sarah Taylor feels the same way as she’s going to meet the Universe Boss for the first time. The Abu Dhabi T10 will begin on November 19 and conclude on December 4. Chris Gayle and Liam Livingstone are two recognize international players who will take part in the league.

“I mean look, I have always seen him in the nets wearing a helmet. I have been pretty much working with wicketkeepers and now I will probably sit back and enjoy watching Chris. It will be a kind of a moment where I’ll be in a dugout and do look around and I’ll look at names who are in there.

“It is a serious team. I will just embrace it. I am just excited to see what’s going to happen. I am sure, Chris will be a very, very funny guy. I haven’t met him before, so It’ll be nice to see him,” she told

Chris Gayle PTI
Chris Gayle PTI.

When asked about which team in IPL she would like to join as a coach, if given a chance in the future, Sarah said, “You can’t ask me that [and she giggles].

“I have been an RCB fan. I have left that to Alex Hartley and Kate Cross to deal with that, really. I’m like, they are doing that. I can’t be them. I’m not thinking that far ahead. I don’t even know if that would really happen. But yeah, I’ve been a big RCB fan.”

England veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor had announced shocking retirement from international cricket with immediate effect in September 2019. The 30-year-old has been dealing with anxiety issues for the past few years, which forced her into retirement.

Sarah Taylor played 10 Tests, 126 ODIs, and 90 T20Is. In total, she scored 6533 runs at the highest level of the game. Known for her wicketkeeping skills, she affected 232 dismissals, most by any player.

Dwayne Bravo receives a guard of honour on his farewell appearance for West Indies, Australia vs West Indies, Men's T20 World Cup 2021, Super 12s, Abu Dhabi, November 6, 2021© ICC via Getty
Dwayne Bravo receives a guard of honour on his farewell appearance for West Indies, Australia vs West Indies, Men's T20 World Cup 2021, Super 12s, Abu Dhabi, November 6, 2021© ICC via Getty

Dwayne Bravo Intends To Play Franchise Cricket For Some More Years

Dwayne Bravo says he intends to play franchise cricket for some more years if his body allows and insisted that time was right to finally call time on his international career and let the younger players take West Indies cricket forward.

Dwayne Bravo, 38, played his swansong game as West Indies exited the T20 World Cup following an eight-wicket defeat against Australia. Dwayne Bravo played in the 91 T20Is for the West Indies since making his debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 2006.

Dwayne Bravo (FILE)
Dwayne Bravo (FILE)

Dwayne Bravo Will continue Playing Franchise Cricket For A Few More Years As Lomg As His Body Persists

Dwayne Bravo came out of retirement in 2019 to help West Indies defend their T20 title, but it could not happen as they could manage to win only one of their five Super 12 games. Dwayne Bravo was part of the West Indies teams that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016.

“I will continue playing franchise cricket for a few more years as long as my body will allow me to,” Bravo, who played for West Indies for 18 years, said during the post-match press conference.

“My aim was to retire a few years ago, but with a change of presidency and change of leadership comes a change of heart, and I wanted to give back to West Indies because I was still in a good place physically and enjoy my cricket,” he said.

Dwayne Bravo is set to quit international cricket after T20 World Cup 2021 | Photo Credit: AP
Dwayne Bravo is set to quit international cricket after T20 World Cup 2021 | Photo Credit: AP

“….I think this was the right moment for me to walk away from the game, and allow the next generation and young players who I share a very good friendship with to come through.

“They still see me around but more passing information around as policy and trying to give my experience back to the next group of players, and hopefully they can also have a 12 to 18-year career as well,” Bravo added.

Asked about the special moments of his career, the all-rounder mentioned getting his Test cap at Lord’s and “walking on the field for the first time”.

“That was a special moment. Obviously my childhood hero, Lara, was a captain. That was very special. Winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 was another specialty moment for me.

“My first Test against South Africa, another special moment. And obviously, the two T20 World Cup was a special moment for me. It was good that I was able to have some success throughout my career.”

Dwayne Bravo made his T20I debut in 2006 and went on to represent the West Indies in 91 games in the shortest format. He also featured in 40 Tests and 164 ODIs in a career that spanned nearly 18 years.

Dwayne Bravo Says Kieron Pollard Is A Superstar Of The Game And Chris Gayle Has Some Cricket Left In Him

Dwayne Bravo shared his special bond with skipper Kieron Pollard, who was instrumental in his coming out of retirement. But, unfortunately, Dwayne Bravo had a below-par tournament in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 16 runs in four group games and picking up only two wickets. As a result, West Indies only beat Bangladesh and lost to England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia in group games.

“In terms of friendship with Polly, as he said before, I’m his senior but when he come into cricket at a very young age, we all spotted his talent and his ability I wish he could have played some Test cricket. He didn’t even know he was good enough or qualified to play.”

“But to see the way he went on and become a superstar in the game, and regardless of what people might say with him not playing Test cricket, he has his own legacy, and he’s a superstar of the game and we should be grateful, I am grateful to have him as a teammate and more so a friend. I’m still very happy with the way how we lead West Indies cricket in the last two years, and West Indies need strong leadership, and he’s a strong leader.”

Chris Gayle PTI
Chris Gayle PTI

“We know this wasn’t meant to be, but I know as an individual, he will bounce back strong with his character, and I’m very happy that I was able to be a part of this journey with him.”

Asked to confirm whether Chris Gayle has also officially quit international cricket, Bravo said: “He said half of it. He halfway retires. He still has some cricket left. I’m not sure what he’s decided yet, but yeah.”

Dwayne Bravo said he would not mind taking up a coaching role in the future.

“It’s only fair that I love to give back to the game that has given me so much.”

Dwayne Bravo has played all the T20 World Cups since 2007 and has helped his side win the title in 2012 and 2016. He came out of retirement in international cricket in December 2019 to help his side retain the World T20I title.

Chris Gayle on Saturday received a guard of honour during the Super 12 clash against Australia in Abu Dhabi. However, he spoke about his retirement after the game, leaving the cricket fraternity confused over his future. He stated that he wishes to play another T20 World Cup but won’t be allowed to participate by the Windies cricket board. But the 42-year-old said he is not going to join his teammate Dwayne Bravo in quitting international cricket.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

It’s The End Of A Generation As A Disappointing Campaign In 2021 T20I World Cup Ends For West Indies: Kieron Pollard

On Saturday, Kieron Pollard, West Indies skipper, admitted that it’s the “end of a generation” for the Caribbeans, and they need to start from scratch to build a world-beating side. However, Kieron Pollard was left disappointed at crashing out of the T20 World Cup with just one win from five matches.

Veteran Australian opener David Warner produced a feisty unbeaten 89 as Australia recorded a facile eight-wicket win over the West Indies to stay alive in the semi-final race at the showpiece. With the defeat in the swansong game for Dwayne Bravo and probably also for Chris Gayle, 2016 T20I WC winners defending champions West Indies missed out on direct qualification for next year’s World Cup. They dropped out of top-8 after Saturday’s defeat.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

Kieron Pollard Terms 2021 T20I World Cup A Disappointing Campaign

West Indies and Sri Lanka are demoted into the first round of the 2022 edition after failing to make the top-eight in the T20I rankings before the November 15 cut-off date.

Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard thanked the all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for his service to the team for almost 18 years and wished him luck for the next chapter in his life. Kieron Pollard acknowledged Dwayne Bravo’s service as an all-rounder and highlighted his immense influence on shaping the cricketing culture of the nation.

“Overall it’s been a disappointing campaign. In terms of the batting we have not done well at all. Our bowling has been decent but not good enough. It’s the end of a generation, we have some guys who have done good things for T20 cricket in our team and around the world,” Kieron Pollard said at the post-match presentation.

West Indies players celebrate with the 2016 T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
West Indies players celebrate with the 2016 T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]

“We as people are very proud. We have to look at the way we play T20 cricket. What we’ve seen is that one guy in the top four has to bat as long as possible. Going forward I need to do that better. We have to start from a foundation now,” Kieron Pollard said at the post-match press conference.

Dwayne Bravo, who made his international debut back in 2004, played his final T20I game for the West Indies against Australia. Dwayne Bravo made his T20I debut in 2006 and went on to represent the West Indies in 91 games in the shortest format. Both Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle got a guard of honour from the Australian players.

Defending champion of the last T20I World Cup in 2016, West Indies was surprisingly eliminated from semifinal contention after losing to Sri Lanka in the 2021 WC. Dwayne Bravo has played all the T20 World Cups since 2007 and has helped his side win the title in 2012 and 2016. He came out of retirement in international cricket in December 2019 to help his side retain the World T20I title.

Aaron Finch Cannot Understand Why Critics Doubted David Warner’s Abilities

Australia captain Aaron Finch lauded David Warner for his 56-ball 89-run unbeaten knock.

“It was a really pleasing day. I thought it was going to be a long day the way Evin Lewis played. We held our nerves nicely. The way (Warner) managed his innings, got off to a flyer and allowed Mitch Marsh to get into his innings. He’s been a super player for a long time. Can’t understand why people doubted him,” he said.

Australia's Aaron Finch (L) and teammate David Warner (R) are expected to open throughout the World Cup. Photo: AFP
Australia’s Aaron Finch (L) and teammate David Warner (R) are expected to open throughout the World Cup. Photo: AFP

Man-of-the-match David Warner said he just played his natural game.

“Felt satisfying to be there at the end. The key was to play my natural game. It’s about targeting the first two balls and I was able to do that,” said Warner.

“(Our bowlers) have been outstanding. We knew they would come out hard against us. We know the firepower West Indies have and got to a very competitive total.”

Opener David Warner also paid his tribute to the West Indies’ retiring duo of Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle, saying they have set a benchmark for future generations.

“DJ (Bravo) has been a benchmark for all players coming through, and Chris, he’s someone I look up to.”

The left-hander was at his vintage best as he smashed four sixes and nine fours to anchor the 158-run chase. David Warner got good support from Mitchell Marsh, who slammed a 32-ball 53 (5×4, 2×6) before getting out while trying to score the winning run.


Harbhajan Singh Picks MS Dhoni To Lead His All-Time T20 XI

Harbhajan Singh, a veteran Indian spinner, has picked MS Dhoni as his all-time T20 XI skipper. The now 40-year-old MS Dhoni started his T20I career, guiding Team India to glory in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, a year before IPL started. Thereafter, he helped his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings win the Indian Premier League four times and the Champions League T20 a couple of times as well.

As his openers, Harbhajan Singh picked India’s Rohit Sharma and West Indies’ Chris Gayle. Then, for the No.3 slot, the Turbanator went for England’s Jos Buttler. He said that Jos Buttler is reliable and has the ability to dictate terms after getting set.

Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)
Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)

Harbhajan Singh: Jos Buttler Is A Reliable Batsman

Jos Buttler has scored in excess of 250 every time since making his IPL debut in 2016. While he had to leave IPL 2019 midway to join the England team for the World Cup 2019 preparations, he made an impact during his eight-game stint, scoring 311 runs, following his 548-run season in IPL 2018.

The right-hander scored 328 runs in the IPL 2020 and 254 runs in 7 games in the India leg of IPL 2021 that included a ton-his career-best 124 before opting out of the UAE leg IPL 2021.

Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. – AFP

“He is a very reliable batsman and someone who can control the game once he gets set,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying.

At No.4, Harbhajan Singh picked Shane Watson, who retired from all forms of cricket in November 2020. Back in 2016, after the World T20 in India, Shane Watson bid adieu to international cricket. However, Harbhajan Singh said that Shane Watson had the potential to put in all-around performances and help his team win matches.

“Being an all-rounder, he has won many matches through his batting ability and has won games with the ball as well,” he stated.

In IPL 2020, held entirely in UAE, Shane Watson scored 299 runs from 11 matches averaging 29.9 at a strike rate of 121.05. CSK finished their campaign in seventh place with 12 points from 14 matches, and it was the first time they couldn’t reach the playoffs.

Harbhajan Singh: Kieron Pollard Can Be Moved Up And Down The Batting Order As Per Demands Of The Situation

Harbhajan Singh went for South Africa’s AB de Villiers, India’s MS Dhoni, West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo, and Kieron Pollard at No. 5, 6, 7, and 8 respectively. However, the veteran said that Kieron Pollard could also be slotted up the order if the situation demands so.

“The batting order can be altered and Pollard could be moved up and down the order depending on the needs of the side. Any T20 team is incomplete without Pollard,” Harbhajan added.

Kieron Pollard(Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Kieron Pollard(Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

He also picked the wily Sunil Narine, who has plied his trade in numerous T20 leagues around the world. Next, Harbhajan Singh went for Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah as his two specialist fast bowlers. Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in the history of the IPL, having racked up 170 wickets at an economy rate of 7.14. Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, is the Indian pace spearhead across formats.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Pakistani batter Babar Azam, who doesn’t feature in IPL, were not picked by Harbhajan Singh in his all-time T20I playing XI. Another surprise exclusion is Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who has the best economic rate in IPL. Also, missing was the 2011 ODI World cup and 2007 T20I World cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who hit 6 maximums in an over against England’s Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20I World Cup.

Harbhajan Singh’s T20 XI 

Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler, Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (c &wk), Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes Terms Jos Buttler As Best In The World After His Unbeaten 101 Innings Against Sri Lanka

Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder, labeled keeper opener Jos Buttler as “best in the world” following the right-handed batter’s century against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Jos Buttler smashed his maiden ton before England displayed an all-around performance to defeat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Ben Stokes Tweet Jos Buttler Is The Best Batsman In The World

England scored 163 in 20 overs and then restricted Sri Lanka to 137 to register their fourth win in four games in the tournament. Sri Lanka needed 34 from the final three overs to win the match, but the Lankan Lions lost their last five wickets for eight runs. England has now won all its four matches in the Super 12 stage, and they are all but set to qualify for the semi-finals.

Ben Stokes had decided not to participate in the England-India Test series, the second half of IPL 2021 at UAE, and the T20I World Cup to prioritize his mental well-being over cricket. He, however, would return for Ashes. Unfortunately, Ben Stokes broke his hand, taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2021, and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger.

Ben Stokes’ teammate, Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler, wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended IPL 2021 due to Covid-19 threat. Jos Buttler didn’t play the second leg of IPL 2021 held a UAE.

“Best in the world @josbuttler,” tweeted Ben Stokes on Monday.

 Jos Buttler joins elite list with maiden T20 World Cup hundred (AP Photo)
Jos Buttler joins the elite list with maiden T20 World Cup hundred (AP Photo)

Jos Buttler put on a fine show of T20 batting on Monday in Sharjah as he struck his maiden T20I hundred. The England batter became the first to get to the 3-figure mark in the T20 World Cup 2021 as he hammered 101 not out in just 67 balls on a tough pitch against Sri Lanka in their Super 12 match.

Jos Buttler became the first England men’s team batter to hit a hundred in all 3 formats of international cricket. He also became the second England men’s team batsman after Alex Hales hit a hundred in a T20I World Cup. Jos Buttler also joined an elite list of batters who have scored hundreds in the showpiece T20 event.

Jos Buttler joined the likes of Chris Gayle (2), Ahmed Shehzad, Alex Hales, Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, and Tamim Iqbal after the stunning knock on Monday.

Jos Buttler Felt Staying Patient Was The Key When England Lost Early Wickets

England might have managed to defeat Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, but wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler admitted that his side England was under pressure in the second innings, and he hailed the bowling attack in ensuring the Three Lions walk away with another victory.

.”I think staying patient was the key (when England lost early wickets), but I managed to get a partnership with Morgan. I found it really tough early on in the innings. There was a point when we were thinking to get to the 120-run mark, but then we got going and got 160-plus. I use the same bat, even in the nets. It feels good,” said Buttler after the game ended.

Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

England was reeling at 47/3 at the end of the 10th over, but a 100-plus stand between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan helped the 50-over World Champions post an above-par total of 163/4 in 20 overs.

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